GENESIS 25 IN FOCUS.
32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”
THINK ABOUT IT
What makes people give respect to you?
What do you cherish most?
What difficulty are you facing?
To what extent will you never let people or situations change your personal conviction?
Will you exchange your dignity for wealth?
Who are you?
God created mankind wonderfully and fearfully in his image. The greatest and most valuable of all creation is mankind but what is it that mankind is doing now? what are we exchanging our dignity for?
Daniel stood for what he was convinced of even when he was to face a sentence. The Bible accounts that he ‘was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.’
Remember also the three men who stood firmly for their dignity and who they were
19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual 20 and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. 21 So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace. 22 The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, 23 and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace.
Isaac had the same hurdle as his father Abraham; childlessness but God answered his prayer. Esau and Jacob came to the scene.
Esau, older and a skillful hunter, compared to his younger brother Jacob who was content to stay at home among the tents.
Though Esau was hardworking, he needed to give a proof of it.
There comes a time when every man will stand a dignity test. When man will live to proof his personal convictions right or wrong. This is not anything so new. Esau could not stand hunger test. Jesus said “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God”. He exchanged his birth right for food
30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.[f]) 31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.” 32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?” 33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.
It may be a different test today for us. Lust that pushes us strongly to fornicate and be adulterous. Thirst for money that makes us yearn firmly for corruption and evil deeds regardless of who suffers. Pride that drives us away from humility. Wealth that blindfolds us. Anger that makes us do things regrettably. Haughtiness that makes us show disrespect to God’s image, fellow mankind. Who are you?
Abraham knew who he was ‘ Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have sworn to the LORD God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth, 23that I will not take a thread or a sandal thong or anything that is yours, for fear you would say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’ He protected his dignity.
What rules guard your heart each day? What rules serve as boundary lines for your life? What will you never do even though you are pushed strongly to do?
PONDER : Stand for who you are and be who you are
Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift or firm remain?